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Thousands Of People Attended Candlelight Vigils In Memory Of Eurydice Dixon

Melbourne landmarks were also lit orange in remembrance.

Eurydice Dixon vigil

Thousands of people have attended candlelight vigils in memory of Eurydice Dixon, the Melbourne woman who was allegedly raped and murdered while walking home last week.

More than a dozen vigils were held on Monday evening in cities and towns across the country. The largest took place in Melbourne, where upwards of ten thousand people, including Premier Daniel Andrews and Melbourne Lord Mayor Sally Capp, gathered in silence in Princes Park near the spot where Dixon’s body was found.

A number of Melbourne landmarks were also lit up with orange lights, the colour used by the United Nations in its campaign to end violence against women.

At a vigil in Sydney’s Hyde Park, organisers read out the names of 30 women who have been murdered in the past year, with 30 seconds of silence after each name.

In Canberra, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Opposition Leader Bill Shorten both attended a vigil outside Parliament House.

A 19-year-old man has been charged with Dixon’s rape and murder.

Feature image via Sally Capp/Twitter